I remember thinking when Dorothy Draper’s retrospective book came out “Aha! That is where Kelly Wearstler got her inspiration”. Draper was the ebullient designer of the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Restaurant back in the day. In Wearstler’s 2002 book Modern Glamour, the designer explicitly calls to mind Draper’s use of unabashedly bright colors, painted furniture, and over scaled neoclassical pattern.
Well, Wearstler’s newest book Hue came out about a year ago, and I think she’s moved into her Warren Platner phase. Platner, interior designer of the Met-Life building, Windows on the World, and JFK’s TWA terminal, eschewed the ideas of the international style, Bauhaus, and the minimalists and opted for a style of modern opulence. Wearstler is certainly following in his footsteps. Either way, she’s still a modern glamorous gal committed to style and color.
Dorothy Draper’s personality infused interiors (courtesy of Dorothy Draper & Co.)
Kelly Wearstler’s Draper inspired spaces (courtesy of KWID)
Some favorite Platner works (courtesy of Dwell)
Kelly Wearstler’s Platner infused spaces, including use of his eponymous chair. (courtesy of KWID)